5 Recruiting & Sourcing Hacks to Save You an Hour a Day


Seems like there is never enough time in the day. While technology helps us immensely in our jobs, it also serves as a reminder I can always do more in my day. This reality serves as a constant reminder. Since moving to the Pacific Coast, my work day starts at 5 AM. It’s not uncommon for the phone calls and text messages to begin that early these days. I’m extremely focused on productivity and streamlining my work and personal life to make the most of my time so I spend my time with the people and doing the things I enjoy most.

Best Chrome Extensions for Recruiters & Sourcers

Chrome serves as my most productive web browser when it comes to time spent online. At present I have a little over 32 tabs open in Chrome sourcing, searching and researching various websites, social networks and new sites.  I use FireFox sparingly logging into my other Google account so I can quickly toggle between them because time is precious. While I appreciate things like security, there is nothing more unproductive than wasted time spent online logging in.  Aside from having multiple browsers open, there are a number of fantastic tools, extensions and technology that exists (often free) that help us do our jobs as recruiters and sourcers even better. Here are 5 of my favorites.

  • Lippl. This extension taps into LinkedIn allowing you to quickly copy an entire LinkedIn profile and copy the profile url. You can access anyone’s profile, but for how long LinkedIn will allow it, is yet to be seen. They’ve been sue happy as of late. If they could also import the pdf copy of their profile with just a quick keystroke, this tool would be even better. The service is currently free. Click here.
  • Connectifier. This is a Chrome extension currently in beta. Some ex-Googlers built this tool to better understand who the job seeker is before you pick up the phone and call a candidate you have just sourced. You can see from the screenshot above, I have access to social media profiles, email info as well as phone numbers if that information is publicly available. Easily I found the email address of a ruby on rails developer from San Jose with a simple Twitter Search. It takes Hack Inn (currently shut down due to the LinkedIn lawsuit), to a whole different level. I love this tool because unlike Hack Inn, it works on Twitter and other social networks.  Click here.
  • Yes Ware. A Gmail extension, this tool sends me a message to let me know when someone has opened an email. As soon as I get the note my email has been opened, I immediately call them to follow up. It’s almost like I’m reading their mind. Click here.
  • IFTTT. One of my favorite tools for making automated programs. In fact, I get an alert every time the pollen count reaches a certain threshold or if there’s rain in the forecast for my neighborhood. One favorite recipe, I’ve built is a series of automatic processes that uploads an attachment from my Gmail inbox if a candidate sends me their resume making sure I can keep a resume database that I can later upload to my ATS. Click here.
  • Mx Hero.  This Chrome extension for Gmail is in beta but I absolutely love it. Insteading of clogging up your inbox, you can use the tool to send you a reminder to respond to an email or follow up. Great for following up with candidates, hiring manager and especially your boss. Keeps my email inbox clean and I’m on top of my to do list without being overwhelmed.

What productivity hacks and extensions are on your go to list? I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below to share.

Jessica Miller-Merrell

Learn more about Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource, and the host of the Workology Podcast. More of her blogs can be found here.


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